The oddest thing. I seem to have lost a few photos from a couple of weeks ago in Hereford. Perhaps they’ll turn up in 2021 and I’ll wonder what they are.
Not to worry. I still have the photo of Duncan on his bike admiring the Cathedral while completing the Guide in 1977;
As you’ll know, it’s a great Cathedral, enhanced by the copy of the famed Mappa Micro Mundi, a guide to avoiding small pubs.
The building below would have been converted into a branch of Specsavers or Reeds Raine if it were in Worcester or Tewkesbury.
The Black & White House at least has the decency to be a museum.
Of course, anyone with any decency would come to Hereford for the day, stay overnight and enjoy the full glories of Barrels, one of our very greatest pubs.
Sadly I only had time to get the obvious bull picture for my blog title.
And nip in a rare new town pub that isn’t a Brewery Tap.
Odd name, odd place; presumably Wye Valley‘s attempt to cash in on the lucrative Hereford nightime economy with low priced ales and a narrow approach to maximise your chances of bumping into folk carrying Wu Wus. Though not at 2pm.
This is the sort of underpricing of beer that CAMRA is trying to stamp out, of course. Or perhaps CAMRA members think HPA and Cwtch are poor beers cheaply made ?
I often ask, in all innocence, what poor beers we shouldn’t be campaigning for. No-one will tell me.
This was very much “decent” NBSS HPA, though not quite sparkling enough to make me wish I’d followed my heart rather than my brain. Still, £2.60 a pint, some splendidly cheerful service, and a rare airing of “I second that emotion” by Japan. Yes, the Japan they were playing in Scunthorpe last week.
That was followed by the Sugarcube’s “Birthday”, a party tune enjoyed by the Old Boy opposite me who’d decided that he’s happy to pay the extra 60p a pint over Spoons prices to enjoy the Freddie Mercury art.
As wise choice.